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Senior Emily Johnson's Work to Be Published in Academic Journal

Emily Johnson

CHICAGO, IL (March 29, 2007) – Last spring, then-junior philosophy major Emily Johnson enrolled in Professor R.J. Snell’s Anglo-American Thought course and, as any good student would, completed the assigned paper. Her work, titled Beyond Symbols and Space: Transcendent Unity and Inexhaustible Meaning in the Eucharist, is noteworthy not only because it earned her a good grade in the course, but because, at Professor Snell’s urging, she eventually applied for and earned publication in the journal of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, Vita, Dulcedo et Spes.

Throughout the semester, Johnson was introduced to the contemporary theological movement known as Radical Orthodoxy through John Milbank's Theology and Social Theory. "Through Milbank and Alasdair MacIntyre, I began to see that the church's best response to culture in a secular, post-modern world is to turn to the concrete practices of the church."

When Professor Snell suggested that students think about submitting papers to the journal, Johnson returned home to Des Moines, Wash. for the summer and continued to refine her work. In her words, the paper "traces Radical Orthodoxy's project to reinvigorate Eucharistic reflections, beginning with the movement's scathing critiques of modernity and moving to their call for a renewed understanding of transubstantiation."

Asked to describe her emotions upon receiving news of her publication, Johnson says, "I was overjoyed! As you read philosophy, you begin to see the threads of this incredibly vital conversation taking place and it's exciting to actually enter into conversation with the tradition."

The issue of Vita, Dulcedo et Spes containing Johnson's paper is due out in May.